(Bumped. See also the video thread. And, feel free to post short diaries of your own if you have anything else to update. - promoted by Brian Leubitz)
Please see our new fire thread here.
As we all know, the Los Angeles and San Diego areas are getting hit by some horrific fires. The fires burning right now are in occupied areas. A number of our readers (including me) live near these burns.
Bloodmobiles will be at Qualcomm Stadium until 3:30pm today and at Qualcomm and Del Mar Fairgrounds tomorrow. Give if you can. Stay safe. And drop us a line here if you need anything.
Open Evacuation Centers in San Diego (partial): Qualcomm Stadium, PETCO Park, Steele Canyon High School, Campo Community Center, Mount Carmel High School, Santana High, Escondido High, San Marcos High School, Chula Vista High School, Mission Hills Church (Escondido), Grossmont High, Granite Hills High, new: Carlsbad High, Encinitas Senior Center, New Community Church in Vista, Faith Chapel in Spring Valley.
Google Map with Fire information.
UPDATE: (8:36pm Lucas) Eastbound 76 is now closed at Melrose Drive in eastern Oceanside. Fires have moved into Fairbanks Ranch and residents of Del Mar are being told to leave. Anyone unable to self-evacuate should call 858-704-3694. New fire reported right now. Tierrasanta at Santo Rd. and 52. No details yet...totally new area. "Probably the worst time of day to see something like this."
UPDATE: (8:29pm Lucas) 6 firefighters in critical condition around the corner from me at the UCSD Burn Center. Rice Canyon fire still 0% contained. Also to reiterate- newest evacuation order includes coastal areas of Torrey Pines, Del Mar, and Solana Beach. This fire is going all the way to the ocean and it's doing it soon apparently. UPDATED UPDATE: Cowles Mountain fire now fully controlled. I didn't even know there WAS a Cowles Mountain fire.
UPDATE: (8:13pm Lucas): 2,300 inmates being added to the firefighting per the Governor. 34 injuries now reported. Firefighters are reporting losing valuable time due to people refusing to evacuate. PLEASE just go if directed. Even if you think you'll be fine, other people won't be.
UPDATE: (8:02pm Lucas): Proctor Valley Rd. has been breached between Chula Vista and Jamul. Southeast of Lake Poway there are reports of multiple structures burning. Lomas Serenas in Escondido has multiple houses burning- 320 home development.
UPDATE: (7:59pm Lucas) Craigslist community section coming through in the clutch.
UPDATE (7:43pm Lucas): LA update per comment at TBogg- Agua Dulce and Castai fires are arson. Who hates America again?
UPDATE (7:40pm Lucas): All wholesale from UT blog: Elderly are being evacuated from Del Mar Fairgrounds by ambulances from Orange and Riverside Counties. "Witch Creek Fire is now 145,000 acres and 0% contained. The cause is under investigation. 600 structures have been destroyed (500 residences, 50 outbuildings and 100 commercial properties). 300 structures have been damaged (250 residences, 75 commercial properties and 50 outbuildings). There has been 7 injuries to firefighters and 1 injury to a civilian. Communities threatened: San Diego, Poway, Ramona, Escondido, Lakeside, Valley Center, San Marcos, Rancho Santa Fe. Currently there are 89 engines, 9 fire crews, 10 dozers, 2 water tenders -- about 625 firefighters. The ICP has been moved to Kit Carson Park (at Kit Carson Park and Bear Valley Parkway)."
UPDATE (7:25pm Lucas): Del Mar Polo Grounds under mandatory evacuation. West of Black Mountain Rd., South of Del Dios Hwy, North of Sorrento Valley Road all the way to the ocean. Not good.
UPDATE (7:05pm Lucas): Mandatory evacuation order now for Bella Lago community in Chula Vista.
UPDATE (7:03pm Lucas): Reports coming in about price gouging and false evacuation orders. Good to see people banding together...assholes.
UPDATE (6:53pm Lucas) Live footage of a bulldozer in Ramona literally pushing fire across an open plain. Recent interview with a woman who evacuated from low-income housing commenting on how she would have no place to go- no other low-income options, they'll end up not being able to afford a new place period. UPDATED UPDATE (6:56) what was presumed to be a backfire is actually reaction to spot fires popping up all over Ramona breaching dozer lines.
UPDATE (6:33pm Lucas): 70 homes confirmed lost in Poway. Voluntary Evac in Carlsbad south of Airport Road. NBC Today Show and Nightly News will report from San Diego tomorrow. U-T blog has been transferred to blogger to handle the volume.
UPDATE (5:52pm Lucas): Escondido has said residents who have been evacuated will not be allowed back for at least 24 hours. Evacuation area is now south of 52 in the Scripps Ranch area. Del Mar Fairgrounds have reached full capacity and is now closed. El Camino High School in Oceanside is now open for evacuees.
UPDATE (5:45pm Lucas): MCAS Miramar is evacuating aircraft to other parts of California. Mayor Cheryl Cox of Chula Vista: Voluntary evac still in effect, needs cots, air mattresses, sleeping bags at Chula Vista High. Chula Vistans only- don't clog the highways. Fires are continuing to approach through Otay Lakes towards Chula Vista.
UPDATE (5:25pm Julia): Just heard from the locals in Potrero that the deceased was wheelchair bound and thus was unable to esscape the fire. Just awful.
UPDATE (5:00pm Lucas): At least 100 homes burned in Fallbrook. Fire in the southeast appears to be moving northwest towards Chula Vista. Mt. Helix evacuations and homes destroyed.
UPDATE (4:53pm Lucas): Insurance reps are setting up "one-stop-shopping" location for relief, probably but not definitely at Qualcomm.
UPDATE (4:41pm Lucas): Qualcomm desperate for: Prepared Food, milk, ice, cots, blankets, sleeping bags, pillows, sunscreen, pet food, air mattresses, canopies for shade, paper towels, handi-wipes, toilet paper, paper plates, cups, utensils, pet food, disposable styrofoam coolers, cell phone chargers/batteries, cash. Can be dropped at Gate P at the stadium via Friars Rd. No homecooked food.
UPDATE (4:34pm Lucas): PETCO Park now open for evacuees. Customs Enforcement is preparing to evacuate its Otay Mesa detention center. Mesa Grande Indian Reservation evacuated. Countywide request for horse trailers. El Cajon evac centers: El Cajon Animal Shelter for household pets and small livestock. Westfield Parkway Mall for large livestock and RVs/Campers. New Home Depot location open for large livestock and RVs/Campers.
UPDATE (4:27pm Lucas): Rancho Bernardo threat has likely passed. Rancho Santa Fe still burning, Kearny Mesa still manned by firefighters. At one point today downtown SD was protected by only one fire engine. No damage yet to Scripps Ranch. Out of Black Mountain area. Still moving west, Firefighters will be out all night. Text SDFIRE to 85183 for updates. Evacuations going well, vital that people leave immediately when directed.
UPDATE (4:23pm Lucas): 45000 residents being evacuated from Rice fire; 6-10 structures lost, 1 minor firefighter injury. Harris 20K+ acres. NE influence towards Otay Mesa and Lakes. San Marcos fire 100% contained. Basecamp for Harris fire at Gillespie Field. Witch Creek fire extensive movement through Escondido and City of San Diego, 20K+ acres, containment unknown. Mapping tomorrow.
UPDATE (Monday 4:07pm Lucas): "Many" structures destroyed in Rice Canyon fire, 2 injured, 0% containment, 750 acres, no estimate on containment.
UPDATE: (Monday 4:03pm Lucas) Governor Schwarzenegger pays surprise-ish visit to burn victims. There are currently 18 victims being treated at the UCSD Burn Center in Hillcrest. Fiesta Island has now opened to take 500 owners and big animals as of 4pm.
UPDATE: (Monday 3:56pm Lucas) Valley Oaks mobile home park has been completely destroyed. Mandatory evac: West Alpine, West Eastlake, San Miguel Ranch areas and Rolling Hills Ranch areas.
UPDATE: (Monday 3:50PM Lucas) Check New map with partial info in pictoral form. Carlsbad east of I-5, parts of Del Mar being evacuated. El Toro in Orange County. is opening an Evac Center for Fallbrook. Pendleton is receiving evacuees from Lakeside and Fallbrook. Power has been fully restored from earlier outages. Evac for DoD and Military personnel at 32nd Street Naval Base and Coronado.
UPDATE: (Monday 3:47pm Lucas) Chula Vista High School is receiving evacuees from the Otay Mesa and San Ysidro areas
UPDATE: Monday 2:51PM by Brian: Lots of news. The Rice fire has jumped I-15 at Highway 395, with the possibility of arson involved. Chula Vista is now under an optional evacuation order, and Scripps Ranch is entirely closed off, except to exit to the South on I-15. We'll try to time-stamp the updates for now on. There is also a report of a new fire in the Stevenson Ranch area. No real details as of right now.
UPDATE: Monday 3:05PM by Julia: Cell networks are down in SD, overloaded by the traffic.
(old updates over the flip)